A CERTAIN SAMARITAN (Continued)
Scripture Reading: Luke 10: 30-37
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
The certain Samaritan did not merely drop the man off at the inn, he also took care of him. Revisiting the shepherd nature of the certain Samaritan, we are reminded how Jesus differentiated between the hireling and the shepherd. In John 10: 13, Jesus said the hireling careth not for the sheep. On the other hand, He said, the shepherd would lay his life down for the sheep.
This example in this parable is so very Christ-like. The certain Samaritan cared for the man before he left. He demonstrated his love. Religious people talk good, but they are often void of acts of kindness. Kindness is becoming so rare until the world is satisfied to see a mere random act of it. Jesus taught by this same example. He cares for us as Peter exclaimed. He demonstrated His care for us by laying down His Life for the sheep of His pasture. His still cares so much for us that Peter reminds us that we can cast all our care upon Him (I Peter 5:7).